Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Laline Paull – The Bees

October 1, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


In partnership with The Reading Agency

‘Accept. Obey. Serve.’

The Bees by Laline Paull is the choice for this year’s Big Town Read. The event is a firm favourite at Marlborough LitFest, where the audience discusses a specified book with the author.

Flora 717 is a worker bee born into the lowest caste of her totalitarian hive society. Though prepared to sacrifice everything for the Queen and work herself to death, she is a survivor and with each act of bravery – including a confrontation with a huge marauding wasp – her status grows, revealing both the enemies within, and the sinister secrets that rule the hive. At the story’s inflexion point, Flora’s devotion to a life of service is overwhelmed by fierce and forbidden maternal love and she embarks on a collision course with everything she holds most dear.

A society where the odds are stacked against you but you’re expected to conform and comply. Sound familiar? It will to anyone attempting to provide the required balance of financial and emotional support for their loved ones.

The Bees won the Orion Book Award in 2015 and is a huge bestseller. Laline’s new novel is The Ice.


October 1, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Marlborough Town Hall
5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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